Please Don’t Be the One to Get Drones Banned

Published on August 27, 2014 by Adam Griffith

Photography drones are facing a perilous atmosphere of distrust and legal chaos. In these circumstances, even small mistakes can have big consequences. A shift in public sentiment against private drone usage could easily result in the application of restrictive regulations, or perhaps even conditional bans.

I don’t think it would even be hard to make this happen single-handedly. I have a list of ways that I’d do it, just in case I ever find myself bored on a Saturday:

1. Attempt dramatic close-up of President Obama at outdoor rally using a quadcopter with a GoPro duct-taped on.

2. Catalog the sleeping habits of everyday New Yorkers by surreptitiously snapping photographs of them through the windows of their thirtieth floor apartments at 3AM. Post said photographs on Tumblr.

3. Play chicken with Jumbo Jets at LAX.

4. Attempt to land drone on the back of an endangered Florida Manatee.

5. Post live streams online of local children’s playgrounds recorded from 40 feet in the air.

I see you ;)

It would probably take an attempt or two, but as soon as I got some traction on major news networks, a small public outcry against “invasion of privacy” or “endangering public safety” would mount and, within the week, proposals for bans on the use of drones by private citizens would flood into legislatures around the nation.

Bing. Bang. Boom. No more drones.

Full article here What does it take to get drones banned?

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on August 31, 2014 at 1:12pm

Some food for thought here.



Comment by Gary McCray on August 31, 2014 at 1:23pm

Sadly, too near to the truth.

And the way it's going so far I wouldn't put it past the FAA to "sponsor" exactly that - quietly of course.

That way they could pull off what they really want - no more hobby drones (or RC planes for that matter).

And all the commercial stuff could go to their DOD buddies (and benefactors).

Bah - Humbug!


Comment by armen t on August 31, 2014 at 2:07pm

And dont forget delivering cellphones and drugs to your local prison yards. J/K.

Comment by mcallenaerial on August 31, 2014 at 3:11pm

I concur.

and these opportunist companies like 3DRobotics that sell under powered, over hyped, mass produced toys as RTF tools for professionals only makes things worse.

I once commissioned an Iris to do a a few HD stills at 60 meters and a simple fly over of a lakeside wedding venue (luckily this was before the reception!!!) and watched it slowly fall 3 mins into its 4th flight. The specs and company reps swear it can carry a gopro with gimbal and tall landing legs. But 2 puffy Li-Po's and never achieving a flight time greater than 7 minutes, proves otherwise. 

Proper aerial photography/videography is not just about being technically able to put a camera in the air.

It will be interesting to see what type of reaction we get from products like the Hexo+ and the AirDog. These to me seem directly marketed towards a reckless use of the technology to begin with.

Comment by Mike T on August 31, 2014 at 4:33pm

if sub 2kg gets approved for commercial operations without approval in AUS it will be interesting to see if any incidents occur and if anyone follows with similar laws

Comment by mcallenaerial on August 31, 2014 at 7:33pm

What is wrong with doing it like any other car/boat/plane/gun???

You obtain a license for which you went through some sort of training and are more or less "screened", acquire insurance and the UAV has to pass some kind of airworthy certification.

Im already a member of the AMA. Why not let their network of local clubs be the boots on the ground for all this? Might even be a good way of bridging the gap in public awareness.

Comment by lot on September 1, 2014 at 2:52am

But there is already private investigation companies in america that do some of this things, even worse, and they have profit doing this.

We can not control all the population.

Guns kill people and still legal.

Comment by Don LeRoi on September 1, 2014 at 5:39am

@mcallenaerial - +1   

Comment by John on September 1, 2014 at 7:11am

Comment by Stephen Zidek on September 1, 2014 at 7:58am

Makes me wish I lived in the middle of nowhere: a lot easier to do cool stuff without people caring.  As it is I live in the Baltimore DC metro area and I am pretty restricted in what flights I can do without raising eyebrows,


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